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Pfeiffer University Convocation ceremony to officially open 2013-2014 academic year

scottmiddletonReverend G. Scott Middleton, CEO, Agapé Senior to address students, faculty and staff

On Fri., Sept. 6, Pfeiffer University will celebrate its annual Opening Academic Convocation with keynote speaker Reverend G. Scott Middleton, founder and CEO of Agapé Senior, South Carolina's premier senior health care provider, and a new member of Pfeiffer's board of trustees. The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. in the Merner Center for Health and Physical Education on Pfeiffer's Misenheimer campus.

Traditionally, Academic Convocation is held early in the fall semester to formally welcome new students to Pfeiffer University. The event signals the beginning of students' academic careers and provides an opportunity to introduce themselves to the campus community. 


Pfeiffer University's Master's in Health Administration Program celebrates "20 Years of Academic Excellence"

pfeiffer logo mha2Featured speakers: Novant Health's Carl S. Amato and Dr. Stephen L. Wallenhaupt

On Tues., Sept. 10, Pfeiffer University celebrates the 20th anniversary of its wide-reaching Master's in Health Administration (MHA) program with 20 Years of Academic Excellence, a day-long event for healthcare professionals, alumni and other guests at its Charlotte campus, 4701 Park Road in the SouthPark neighborhood.

The event features a number of expert presentations and networking opportunities, including a healthcare forum (CEUs offered), luncheon, reception and open house. Attendees may register at to participate in one or more sessions.


Juilliard School's Dr. Virginia Allen to collaborate with Pfeiffer's department of music as executive in residence

Virginia.AllenPfeiffer University welcomes Dr. Virginia Allen as executive in residence for the university's undergraduate music program. In this role, Dr. Allen, who joins Pfeiffer in September, will work closely with faculty and administrators to formulate a strategic platform for the advancement of the department of music and related majors and programs.

A highly accomplished musician, composer and scholar, Dr. Allen, who most recently served as assistant dean for orchestral studies at The Juilliard School, New York City and artistic director for the Conducting Workshop for Music Educators, will focus on aligning the strategic plan for the music department with the university's emerging enterprise strategy. In doing so, enhancing the relevance of programming and curricula to meet the education and career needs of 21st-century musicians is a priority.


State-of-the-art technology leads Harris Science Building renovations

Cropped KWalker SmartboardFaculty and students returned to Misenheimer this fall to a completely renovated lecture hall in Harris Science Building-an upgrade that comes with state-of-the-art technology as well as timely infrastructure and design updates.

Funded in part by a grant from the Charles A. Cannon Charitable Trusts, the project places Pfeiffer University at the forefront of classroom technology with the latest SMART Board products. Its features, including a 130 overhead screen, allow faculty to use the Internet in the classroom, save notes and share them electronically with students, interact with guest lecturers from remote locations and more. Tables are equipped with portals so students can bring and plug in their laptops, notebooks or tablets; however, complete wireless capability makes plugging in an option. In addition, the room's chairs swivel 360 degrees to facilitate student collaboration.


Pfeiffer Welcomes Largest Freshman Class in Three Years to Misenheimer Campus for 2013-14 Academic Year

Move INOn Thurs., Aug. 15, incoming freshmen and other new students move into Pfeiffer's residence halls—assisted by committed Pfeiffer alumni who return to campus specifically for this event— joining student-athletes and campus student leaders who arrived last weekend, as the 2013-14 academic year gets under way.

Enthusiasm has been building even before this point, evidenced by students' tweets marking the days till their Pfeiffer experience begins, “I move into Pfeiffer University in like 24 hours. Wow!”
This fall, Pfeiffer welcomes its largest freshman class in three years. While the majority of students are from North Carolina, 26 states and 11 countries are represented among new students.

“Students returning to campus provide new energy and a renewed sense of purpose after summer break,” said President Michael C. Miller. “With new majors such as Financial Fraud and Fraud Examinations and a strong presence in several health related majors, Pfeiffer students have fantastic options for pursuing coursework that leads to meaningful careers.”

For the first time, Pfeiffer welcomes for move-in day nearly 30 local businesses and churches to the Falcon Journey Vendor Fair, an on-campus event giving local merchants a face-to-face opportunity to introduce themselves to Pfeiffer students and their families. Several campus departments will also be present to reach out to students as they arrive. 


Nearly 500 to receive undergraduate or graduate degrees at Summer Commencement

Aug. CommencementOn Sat., Aug. 10, nearly 500 new graduates will cross the stage to receive their degrees in ceremonies to take place at 10:30 a.m., and 2 p.m., at the Merner Center for Health and Physical Education on Pfeiffer University's Misenheimer campus.


Pfeiffer students to serve in South Korea

SeoulThis week, students Melissa Roberts and Briana Oliver will travel to South Korea to participate in the Young Women's Leadership Program associated with the United Methodist Women. From July 25-Aug. 12, they will be based in Seoul, where they will attend an international peace conference and serve at a vacation bible school with 18 other college students from the U.S. This is the fourth consecutive year that Pfeiffer has sent at least one representative to the program.


Pfeiffer Welcomes United Methodist Women for Annual Mission U

UMC Women cropFrom July 18-21, United Methodist Women from the Western North Carolina Conference will gather at Pfeiffer University's Misenheimer campus for Learning Together for the Transformation of the World, the group's 2013 Mission U, the new title for its mission school.


Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship recipient to study in China

Annette Lowder resizedSenior art student Annette Lowder was recently accepted into the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program. This scholarship provides awards for undergraduate college students in the United States who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding to participate in study abroad programs all over the world.


Pfeiffer Journey will continue with sophomore retreat

group campThis summer, sophomore students will have an opportunity to extend their Pfeiffer Journey by participating in a unique summer experience, an all-expenses paid sophomore retreat from Aug. 16-18.


Pfeiffer University welcomes school-age children from Stanly, Rowan and Cabarrus counties for Camp Invention

camp inventionThis week, 22 children in grades 1-6 from school districts in Stanly, Rowan and Cabarrus counties are engaged in fun science and math activities at Camp Invention on Pfeiffer University's Misenheimer campus.

Led by a team of Pfeiffer faculty members, newly graduated education majors and pre-service teachers, campers are working together to solve problems related to ecology, recycling and “green” living. They are applying what they learn through data collection and becoming familiar with the laws of motion to use reclaimed and recycled materials for a variety of projects, including retrieving items across a “swamp” and designing an eco-friendly community called Sludge City.


New Falcon's Nest portal provides innovative way for alumni and friends to stay connected

NetCommunityThis summer, the Office of Alumni Affairs will debut a new interactive environment, The Falcon's Nest. Here, Pfeiffer alumni and friends can register online for events, create a profile and indicate the level of personal information they wish to share with other alumni, update contact information and search for classmates and other Pfeiffer graduates. Users' giving histories for the previous three years will be able accessible to them as well as printer-friendly tax documents.